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A virtual simulation of having your own dog, Nintendogs is great fun for all the family. Whilst the game looks great and is very realistic, it can become slightly tiresome over time.

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      15.10.2013 19:25
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      'Nintendogs Labrador Retriever & Friends': must love dogs :)

      'Nintendogs Labrador Retriever & Friends' I first got my nintendo DSLite around two years ago and I have been addicted to iyt ever since, although it is a little out dated compared to the 'Nintendo 3DSi' I still love. It is very compact and versatile and it has quite a long battery life as well. I brought mine in a black gloss finish so it looks sleek and modern as well as keeping me entertained for hours. One the first games I purchased for my DSLite was 'Nintendogs Labrador Retriever & Friends', this game was perfect for me as I love animals, especially dogs and I just could not resist having the opportunity to own my very own virtual puppy. I bought it from my local 'GAME' store for around £25 ('GAME' no longer sell DSLite games but you could find 'Nintendogs' online if you wanted to. The 'Nintendogs' range includes seven different games: 'Toy poodle and Friends', 'French Bulldog and Friends', 'Golden retriever and Friends' 'Chihuahua and Friends', 'Dalmatians and Friends', 'Miniature Dachshund and Friends' and the game I purchased 'Labrador Retriever and Friends'. Each game features a wide variety of dogs breeds my favourite of them being the 'Chihuahua' and the 'Dachshund' I tend to prefer smaller dogs as I find them so cute. Apart from the large range of different dogs to choose from the game also has lots of playability. You can name your dog, (I often pick something short and cute sounding) train them to do tricks such as sitting down and fetching the Frisbee or a ball. You can buy a house which you can change depending on your style or mood. You can also walk your dog through the streets (where they find gifts for you), in the park (where they can play with other dogs) or to training grounds that can be found around the map. You can buy your dogs accessories, food, toys and you can also bath them to make them all nice and squeaky clean again, (its a good idea to do this after walking them, that way they don't get fleas) After your dog has been properly cared for and trained you can enter them in contests of which there are three different types to choose from: a 'Disc competition', an 'Agility competition' and lastly an 'Obedience competition. All of the games in the 'Nintendogs' range also have a 'friends' option where you can connect to you friends, play with their dogs and exchange gifts. Over all I found this game entertaining and I would like to own the rest of them in the 'Nintendogs' collection, however the only down side to the game is the time you have to wait between walks, it seems like a long time and when you first start off with only one dog the game can be a bit boring. But apart from that 'Nintendogs Labrador Retriever & Friends' is defiantly a game I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a lovable virtual pet.

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        Puppy training without the mess and destruction!

        Nintendogs Labrador and Friends. Nintendo DS Nintendogs Labrador and Friends was one of the first games to be released on the Nintendo DS. Many Nintendo DS bundles included a Nintendogs game. The bundle I purchased was the original Nintendo DS in blue which came with Nintendogs Labrador and Friends back in November 2005. The game itself comes as all DS games do, in a small square plastic box containing an instruction manual and small Nintendo DS game cartridge. ** Game play ** I wanted the Nintendogs game in particular when I bought my DS as I really liked the cuteness of the game. Ideally I wanted the version of the game that includes the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but I bought the wrong one. The idea of Nintendogs Labrador and Friends is that you have a virtual living room for your puppy to live in and you must take care of it in the same way that you would take care of a real puppy. The first time I played the game I chose to have a puppy Labrador and call him Toby. When I was choosing the puppy I was given a choice of 6 breeds to begin with and then shown various puppies of different colour variations and sex and could choose between them. After selecting Toby and taking him home there are a few things you must do before you can start the fun and games. First of all like in real life your puppy will be nervous about being in a new home so you must get him used to your voice and teach him his name using the microphone on the DS and your stylus to fuss your puppy when they come to you. After around 5 minutes your puppy will warm to you and you can begin things like walkies, playing games and training. Just like in real life your puppy will need food and water, to get these you will need to visit the pet store and buy them with your Nintendogs money. At the pet store you can purchase toys, the toys include tennis balls, frisbees and balloons. The store also sells novelty items including dress up clothes and dog collars and grooming products such as brushes and doggy shampoo. When you start the game you will be given some nintendogs money to get you started, but after this you will need to earn your money by training your dog and taking part in various competitions and dog obedience shows. Training your dog for obedience is relatively easy and can be done in the home environment. Training is a case of using your stylus to make your dog sit, lie down or roll over and then repeating a word to them which they will then learn and remember the action. The game will help you with training and give you hints and tips along the way. The commands I mentioned are only a few of what you can teach your dog, I also taught Toby to give his paw, spin around and beg. All of the training is pretty easy, but it does take a lot of time and repetition and you must continue to practice what you have learnt to stop your puppy from forgetting it. Training for sporting events such as frisbee and agility training will take place out of the house during your walks. When you first take your puppy for a walk he or she will be nervous and you can only go a short distance. To plan your walk and how far you can go you are shown a map of the area and you must plan a little route. The more often you walk your puppy then the further you will be able to go. During your walks you can call in at places like the discount pet store, this store often has everything the regular pet store has but cheaper along with a few extra novelty items or special offers. Also on your walks you can visit the park which is an excellent place to teach your puppy to catch a frisbee or you can visit the agility training centre and teach your puppy to jump bars and run through tunnels. Walkies will begin with your puppy on the screen with an extendable lead floating above it, you need to take this lead with your stylus and guide your puppy around the streets, if your puppy poos you must double tap the poop to clean it up, you don't want to be regarded as a bad owner! The walks pretty much control themselves, your puppy will stop to sniff things and occasionally you will meet other dog walkers and your puppy will get the chance to have a little play with their puppies. If you walk to the park you can have some open space play time with your puppy and throw balls or whatever other toys you have. The park is also a great chance to train for the frisbee competitions. Training your dog to catch a frisbee is simple as the dog will automatically chase it so you just need to make sure that you only throw the frisbee short distances to begin with and gradually make them longer as your puppy runs faster and further. Training for agility is a little harder but still easy, there is an agility course you can practice on where you must tap the screen to get your puppy to run to a particular obstacle, once at the obstacle most of them are a simple case of double tapping to encourage your pup to jump over or run through it. As with all of the other training in this game agility takes time and repetition to get your dog good. I enjoy the agility as it is really cute to see the puppy running around. To take part in an event you simply need to select it from the menu, be aware you can only take part in a certain amount of events per day as your puppy will get tired so make sure you choose the ones you are confident you have trained enough for as to maximise your winnings. My favourite to take part in is the agility as it is fun, fast and really cute. I don't enjoy doing the obedience competitions though as I feel a bit silly sitting telling my DS "sit" "paw" "spin" in the excited voices that I stupidly taught my puppies with! Once you have trained your first puppy you can purchase more puppies to train and play with and make your game even more demanding! You can have up to 3 puppies living in your home at one time, but if you want more then you can choose to leave others in the dog hotel where they will be looked after for you until you want to take them back home. As I mentioned earlier, when you begin the game you are given a choice of 6 breeds to adopt, they include labradors, toy poodles and corgi's but as you play the game you can unlock many more breeds that are also available on other versions of Nintendogs. From time to time your puppy will get dirty and need a good shampoo in the bath. This is a really cute scene where you use the DS stylus to hold the shower head or a bar of soap to wash your puppy. After bathing you will need to make sure you have a brush to give your pup a nice shiny coat. If you don't bath your dog it will look scruffy and have fleas jumping off it. If you fail to be a good owner in this game and you don't feed and water your puppy or spend quality time with it then it will run away! As yet non of my puppies have run away from me so I cannot give any retrieval advice here. The controls in Nintendogs Labrador and Friends are really easy which helps to make it suitable for all ages, most of the game involves using the stylus to tap the screen or your voice to command your pup to do things. The menus in the screen have picture icons making them user friendly for younger children who may struggle to read them. ** Graphics and Sound ** The graphics in the game are great and the puppies animations are really cute and reasonably realistic. The sound is good, any music in the game is more like gentle background music and when your puppy barks at you it is pure cuteness. ** Price and Availability ** Nintendogs Labrador and Friends is available on play.com for £24.99 which for the amount of game playing time you will get from this I think is a good price. ** Other Versions ** There are 4 versions of Nintendogs available for the Nintendo DS, they are Labrador, Chihuahua, Dalmatian and Dachshund. Each version I am led to believe is basically the same but the breeds of dog available vary. ** My Experience and Opinion ** I really enjoy playing Nintendogs Labrador and Friends, I find it is a very good game for de-stressing with a cute puppy but I also think it is a great game for children to learn the responsibilities of dog ownership in a fun way. I own dogs so I know that playing a game wont teach them everything... especially not the mess and chewed furniture part, but it will teach them the basic idea that you need to feed and exercise them and there is a lot of training time involved! I can sit playing this game for hours on end, the cuteness of the puppies and the amount of activities that are included in the game make it very playable and very hard to put down! Thanks for reading :)

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        06.11.2011 20:47
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        A DS classic

        Nintendogs was on my oldest son's wish list for his ninth birthday and a game that he was really keen to own, having failed to convince me that having a real dog was a better idea! Despite this game being released several years ago, Nintendogs, in all of its many versions, is surprisingly expensive. I paid £22.99 from Amazon for the 'Labrador and Friends' version which is far more than I like to pay for a game but this is considered to be a classic game for the DS console and has consequently held its selling price well. ===Basic Concept=== This game is essentially a virtual pet, with the player being able to choose a puppy and then go through the motions of naming, training, feeding, walking and generally caring for their dog. The game also includes different contests which provide the opportunity of earning money to spend on basic essentials for your mutt or luxury items such as a penthouse suite! ===Set Up=== Having been desperate to own this game, my nine year old was very eager to play this and was really looking forward to taking his new 'puppy' for a walk. Here, we met the first and a major disappointment as the game has a series of steps that must be followed on initial set-up. After choosing a puppy, the player needs to teach the new pup his/her own name and ensure that the dog is able to recognise and respond to their name before being able to move on to any other tasks. Whilst this might not sound like a major problem, this task proved really difficult for my son to do on his first attempt as his dog (or more accurately the DS) failed to respond consistently to his voice, so didn't learn his name successfully. (The name needs to be called clearly and with the same intonation every time.) What did confuse us initially (and wasn't at all made clear from the instruction booklet) was that the icons for other options -such as going out-, feeding and so on- don't even appear on the screen until the dog has successfully learned his own name. This seemed a little illogical to me as my son was desperate to feed and walk his new pet and was upset about the dog's status being described as hungry and thirsty, as he wasn't able to access the options to address this. My impatient boy found this incredibly frustrating and the birthday boy ended up having a tantrum, throwing the game on the floor and announcing diva-style that it was the worst birthday present ever! After some confusion and frustration, we eventually decided to give up and start over, wiping the poor pooch completely by following the instructions tucked away halfway through the booklet. We soon learned that it is worth considering the different breeds and the temperament of each different puppy as certain dogs are much easier to train and respond far more quickly to their naming and, subsequently, can follow other instructions and learn different tricks too. My son has since gone on to purchase several other puppies and now has the early training down to a fine art but it is worth bearing in mind that the initial set-up might take a little longer and be potentially frustrating for a younger player. ===Age Recommendations=== Despite the PEGI rating of 3+ this is more about the content (in terms of no violence, bad language etc), rather than indication of the complexity of the game itself. In light of the issues around set up, as well as the different elements involved in the game itself, I would recommend this for children over the age of around eight years old. Certainly, a child needs to be a very confident reader to follow the considerable amount of written instructions and detail on screen throughout different stages of the game. A younger child may enjoy playing certain elements, such as 'walking' the dog or playing Frisbee in the park, but would need considerable adult intervention to navigate through the game and to understand the instructions. An adult or older child should find the menu system fairly straightforward and logically set out with the stylus primarily used for much of the game. The vocabulary included is generally accessible for under-tens, although my son found some of the terms such as 'parched' and 'quenched' a little confusing as they were unfamiliar terms to him. At the upper age range, this really is a game that extends to adulthood and certainly isn't marketed as a children's game at all. Even I, as a generally disinterested game-player, find this a fun game to play - particularly entering the contests although I am, as my son points out, particularly bad at them. It is a fairly relaxing game overall and isn't particularly challenging or taxing for an adult player but there is undoubtedly an addictive quality that makes it tempting to keep picking this up again and again, particularly as you soon develop a sense of responsibility towards the virtual animal. ===Educational Value=== As this involves owning and caring for a virtual pet, there are obviously educational benefits as this makes children aware of some of the responsibilities of pet ownership. My son wisely took the decision that having three dogs at any one time was plenty for him to look after (any more have to be cared for at the dog hotel anyway.) I do find the initial stages are a little illogical, given the need to name and train the dog before being able to feed them. Surely it would be more realistic to ensure that the new puppy is fed and watered initially and a much better message to give to an impressionable child about basic pet care. Aside from that minor quibble, this is an excellent alternative to owning a real life pet - much cheaper and far less mess! Unlike real animals, these pups won't die either if neglected or mistreated although they will be very subdued if left for long enough. ===Play Value=== After getting over his initial disappointment, Nintendogs has proven to be a real hit with my son. He is constantly fussing over his pups. His favourite feature is walking them, as this provides the opportunity for the dog to find random objects as he goes along. As an adult, I do find this feature a little bizarre. It is completely unrealistic as, rather than picking up sticks or bits of left over takeaways as a real dog would, these dogs can find expensive vases, go karts and remote control helicopters on their travels! Even more unrealistically, rather than just being objects for the dogs to play with, anything picked up on a walk can be sold at the second hand shop for various sums of money - sometimes over £100 per item! I'm not too sure about the morals behind this game but it does ensure that my son's virtual pets are walked very frequently and he has plenty of money to buy them sparkly collars, food and to upgrade their home regularly. It is also possible to earn money through winning contests although my son gets frustrated when he loses his money on the contests he doesn't win (or more accurately when Mum plays and loses his cash! The only drawback to such a simple, fun game is that there is no ending or ultimate goal to work towards so would not appeal to players who prefer a challenge. As something easy and entertaining to dip in and out of, this certainly fits the bill, although it does have the potential to become too repetitive if played too often. ===Recommendation=== Overall, this has proven to be a great hit in our household and has been enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It is generally quite a simple game that may lose its appeal if played with on a long-term basis but it certainly offers enough variety to entertain a child - or an adult- for a good few months, with no sign of the novelty wearing off as yet. Nintendogs has proven to be a popular game that has stood the test of time and this is a true classic for a reason. Easy to play, engaging and entertaining, this is a game that even a non-gamer like myself is happy to recommend.

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          09.10.2011 01:25
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          If you like animals, you will love Nintendogs!

          Nintendogs Labrador Retriever and Friends is a Nintendo DS game which allows the user to buy puppies of different breeds and enter them in obedience and agility trials once trained. Owners can also walk their puppies and meet other dogs along the journey and pick up little presents which can be traded in at the second hand shop for money or presents such as chew toys and accessories can be kept and used occasionally. Every time the pup is entered into a competition and comes first you gain 100 trainer points. Once a lot (I think it is 1000) trainer points have been earned, rewards are given such as a new puppy breed is available to buy or the design of the house in which the puppies live in can change decor. Puppies can also be fed, bathed and played with. The more time you spend with your dog, the better presents you will pick up on walks. Also whilst out walking your puppy, you can visit the shop - where you can pick up items such as food and water, cheaper than the pet supply store, you can visit the park - where you can play fetch with a stick, frisbee or ball and train your dog to return the item and you can also visit the agility training centre - where you can train your pup for agility trials. This game is brilliant for all ages as it is easy to play and enjoyable.

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            04.04.2011 16:42
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            Great little game that all ages can engage with.

            === Game and Gameplay === The Nintendogs series has been around for quite a while now, almost as long as the DS itself I would imagine, and still captivates it's players like no other game. There are 4 versions of this game: Labrador, Dalmatian, Miniature Daschund, and Chihuahua. Each game allows you to own a variety of breeds. The version reviewed here is the Labrador and friends game, but I believe that they each work on a similar principle. For those of you with a 3DS, original DS games do work so this game would play, just make sure you have the 3D off. The basic idea of the game is that you buy a puppy from the kennel, and look after it, train it, play with it, take it for walks, etc. To start with you have an amount of coins from which you can buy your first puppy with. You are allowed to have a maximum of 3 puppies at any one time (you can keep more in the doggy hotel if you run out of space, but you can only interact with 3 at once). You will only initially have enough money to buy one puppy anyway - You have to make more (by entering competitions, more on this in a bit..) Once you have bought your first little ball of fluff you then name your puppy and begin interacting with it. You can teach your puppy to respond to voice commands as well as commands that you give by using the stylus. In order to teach your puppy a command you use the stylus to get the puppy to do what you want it to, e.g. sit, then say the word out loud clearly. Once you have repeated this a few times your puppy will have learnt the command and you will be able to get your puppy to do that command using only your voice. There is the useful ability to get your puppy to 'forget' the command, so if for any reason it stops recognising your voice, or you pass the game on to someone else, it is possible to re-train again. This is a neat little feature in the game, and brilliant that it was thought about to be put in. As well as training you also need to take your dogs out for walks. To do this, once you have selected 'walk' you need to draw your route on the map of the town. When you first get your puppy it needs shorter walks, but as you work with it more you can go on longer walks. Keep an eye out for the things you can come across when you're out on the town. :-) As mentioned previously, you start with a set amount of money. In order to buy supplies (food, water, etc) or to buy more puppies you will need to make some more pennies! To do this you need to train your puppy well enough to enter competitions. You can enter your dog in agility (jumping), obedience (you need the voice commands for this one) or disc competitions. As you work your way up the ranks (from beginner classes) the prize funds are higher. So the more you train, the better the rewards! A few other things to note - to get supplies you can either go to the pet shop, or to the second hand pet supplies if you want to buy things cheaper. Little hint for you, if you go out on a walk and pick a route that goes past a shop... Those shops are even cheaper! Look out for little things like that throughout the game. There are a few other little useful features such as a clock and the date on screen. I found that a little random at first, but it is a pretty useful little thing to have. Oh, and one more thing, remember to keep your little fluffball clean, you don't want them getting dirty and covered in fleas! === Graphics, Sound and Longevity === The graphics in this game are pretty realistic for a DS game of this age. I think this makes the puppies even more adorable! The game reacts pretty quickly to any button press or use of the stylus. I tend to play with the sound off on my DS, but sound wise you get pretty much what you would expect. Dog barking noises, sounds of sniffing, etc. There is the option to interact with your friends dogs using the 'bark mode' option. It is a pretty simple game, but one that can keep you captivated, so suitable for adults and children alike. The game can get a little boring if you play it all the time. I tend to play it for a while, then not pick it up for a while, then play it again. The puppies still remember their commands, but expect them to be hungry and dirty if you leave them a while. Give them some food and a bath and they'll be as good as new in no time. This aspect of the game is unrealistic, but means that you don't have the heartache of a poorly puppy which you would have in real life. It can also get a little frustrating with voice recognition, but as mentioned before, if you are really stuck it's easy enough to 'forget' the command and re-teach it. Another great little feature is if you get stuck with anything and happen to have lost the instruction booklet (I'm good at that) then you can always access the help books on different topics in the 'supplies' menu. There are loads of great little features in this game, some realistic, some not so much. The only real downsides have been thought about by the game makers and there are features in place to counteract them (such as the 'forgetting' feature and the fact that if you leave the game for a while your puppies are back to full health with little work). I would recommend this game to anyone. It is more of a girly game, but I know guys out there who play it, just they tend to steal it off their girlfriends occasionally! === Price and Availability === Currently on Amazon is is priced at £21.95 for the Labrador version, with the other versions of the games being at slightly different prices. I have seen a variety of prices recently though, so shop around. With the launch of the 3DS there is of course newer, 3D versions of this game available. How could Nintendo not re-make what appears to be one of their most popular games? I actually do own a 3DS now, but have yet to buy the newer version, though will consider it when next looking to expand my game collection. If you do have a 3DS then again there are options in terms of breeds, etc, and also incorporate cats into the games. Price wise there isn't toooo much of a difference for the newest versions, so possibly something to consider if you have the 3DS.

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              03.06.2010 07:58
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              A great game for people who love dogs!

              I first heard about Nintendogs from a friend so I decided to buy my own copy of the game. I absolutely love dogs, so this was the perfect game for me. ~Packaging and Appearance~ Like all Nintendo DS games, the game card comes in a sqaure-shaped plastic box. On the front of the box is a picture of really cute puppy (aw!) and the word, 'Nintendogs' underneath it. It also tells you what kind of Nintedogs Game you have got (Labrador and Friends [has a labrador on the front], Chihuahua and Friends [has a chihuahua on the front], Dachshund and Friends [has a dachshund on the front] and Dalmation and Friends [has a dalmation on the front]). On the back of the box are words that tell you about they game. They say something along the lines of that you will have to care, play and feed your puppy in order for it to be happy. Sounds like any other animal care game. ~Game~ In each game you start with six different breeds of dog in three different colours each. Once you have bought your dog, you have to name it and teach it to 'sit' via the Nintendo DS microphone. This bit can be quite frustrating, as it may take quite a long time for your dog to finally learn all of this. After that, you can do pretty much anything with your dog - take it for walks, play with it with toys, enter it into competitions and care for it. As you progress through the game, you will unlock more breeds of dog until you have unlocked all eighteen of them (Dalmatian and Friends just has a mix of breeds that appear in the other three Nintendogs games). You can also use the DS Wireless Communications to do 'Bark Mode' where you can interact with you friend's dog and they can interact with yours. ~Value~ Nintendogs' price depends on where you get it from, but the average price is about £20.00, which is good for a game in which there's always something to do.

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              2 out of 5. Just below average game

              Nintendogs for the Nintendo DS is a game were you own a little puppy and you teach it tricks, walk it, feed it, wash it and play with it on a daily basis along with the option of putting it through various competitions such as Disc Catching (frisbee), obedience and an obstacle course. By winning the competitions or coming 2nd or 3rd you earn trophies and money which you can use to buy various items in the little shop such as dog food, toys and other items such as collars. You start off by choosing a puppy and choosing a name for it. When playing this game you teach the dog various different tricks such as sit, lie down and beg. This is done through voice commands which is obviously best done at home because I was on the bus one day playing it and people thought I was crazy as I was shouting sit at my DS. Not a good look. Due to the voice command aspect and the DS being touchscreen it is very easy to play however at times it will have trouble picking up your voice. As you progress through the game you can buy different bits and pieces for your dog and upgrade your house. You also have the option of purchasing more dogs up to the number of four which can be quite fun. The one obvious drawback with this game I found was that when I got a bit bored of it I didn't play it for a while and then when I did go back my dogs were very hungry, very thirsty and in need of a good bath. The game has good novelty value and you probably will play it for a while however I found that the novelty soon wears off and at this stage your doggies may be better off going to a better home. If I was to go back I don't think i'd get the game again. Not for the price its at anyway.

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                Kids will like it

                I never thought I'd see the day when a dog-owner sim would come out, and while it's not my type of game generally, I can see the appeal. You begin by adopting a puppy of your choice, naming it (which is itself no mean feat, as you have to use the DS mic to shout it), and then begin teaching him basic obedience as you would a real dog. Combining several unique facets of the game, this is actually quite diverting for a while, although it hasn't got an ounce of staying power. There are quite a few things to do here, such as training the dogs, feeding them, preening them, entering them into contests, taking them for walks, and even coming across other dog walkers (although this element is woefully underdeveloped). However, is it really enough to keep anyone other than kids entertained for a while? I'm not convinced, and the whole game doesn't seem THAT more advanced from one of those 99p Dogz games you'll find in a bargain bin in a garage forecourt. There is an interesting multiplayer offering, where you can show your dog off to another player, but again it's quite insubstantial. Visually, the game looks pretty damn good for a handheld title. The models of the dogs look just like the real thing would, although there is some dodgy collision detection when the dogs move around and try and interact. Aurally, the dogs make appropriate barking noises, and although hardly demanding, it definitely does the job. The soundtrack, meanwhile, is typical elevator music schlock, but it doesn't become too irritating. Kids will enjoy this more than adults for sure; it's not got much to it, and frankly I got bored after an hour or so.

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                23.08.2009 18:46
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                A good game where you can care for up to three virtual dogs at one time

                I had this game since it came out as I have always liked virtual pets, like the ones you get on Tamagotchis. It's an excellent game but the replay value wasn't great as it gets a bit repetitive and boring. However, if you are devoted to your dog and teaching it new tricks and looking after it, this game will be a lot longer-lasting. I must admit, I still check on my dogs every few months, which is more than enough - haha! You start by buying a dog and they all have their own genders and looks. You can name it and teach it it's name as this game uses the Nintendo DS microphone feature a lot. You can start to teach your dogs tricks too by using the stylus on the touch screen to touch your dog and play with it as well as speaking into the microphone the name of the trick when it pulls it off. In the future, when you name the trick, it should do it! You can also take your dog for walks and meet dogs and owners along the way as well as receiving gifts. You can pop by shops and the local park to play with the flying saucer and practice for competitions. You can also go to the training ground to take your dog round the assault course for practice. The more walks you go for, the longer your dog can walk. You can also look after your dog by keeping it clean with baths and also feeding it and giving it water. You must buy the equipment to do this at shops. You can also buy a range of other toys to play with your dog(s). The graphics in the game are pretty good and quite realistic but they could be better. The sounds are quite realistic too but not as good as the graphics. The controls are good as they give a natural feel for looking after your dog as you use the touch screen to interact with it. The replay value isn't great as the game is a bit repetitive and nothing much happens after you get your dog - you just look after it. However, you can train your dogs for competitions such as Frisbee catching and the assault course as well as an obedience competition where it must do tricks. Apart from this, there aren't really any objectives in the game, which leaves it rather open and limited in the way of replay-value. I'd recommend it for dog lovers and those who like realistic virtual pets. It can be bought brand new for £17.39 on amazon.co.uk currently. Thanks for reading, Dan ©

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                02.08.2009 10:17
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                Certainly cheaper than a real dog.. and easier to clean up after!

                The famous Nintendogs has spawned a variety of releases, each focusing on a different breed of dog (with friends). The game allows you look after a virtual dog that you feed, groom, walk and play with. You interact with the dog via the touchscreen, where you can stroke the dog, hold the lead etc, and you can also using the microphone to call the dog over by name. This is part of the initial training part and you can feel a bit daft calling a dogs name to your DS... There's a wide range of items you can buy using the ingame currency including toys, food, grooming products etc and you can find more items whilst out walking the dog. You trace out a route to follow and sometimes you'll meet other dogs along the way with whom you can interact. The graphics are very good and the dogs look very cute.. just make sure they don't get fleas!!

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                  22.07.2009 00:16

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                  A good game for a while but can be short lived depending on how much its played

                  A beautifully quirky game than is simply summed up in one word "Cute" I mean this addition particularly appealed to me as I had a Labrador at the time, and how can you say no to those cute adorable faces! You cant its that simple and with the realistic (for a DS) graphics, you find yourself cooing and awwing into your DS before the day is out. This game is fantastic, you can have all the fun of looking after a dog without any of the respnsibility. No picking up its mess when it looks you innocently in the face in the morning and you cant help but forgive him or her. There is so much to do, take the dog for a walk, get presents play frisbee with it, throw a ball and play fetch, enter talent competitions, buy food, feed it, bath it, even connect to other DS's and play with your friends and ontop of that, buy more puppies with the in-game money you earn! What is better than one amazingly cute labrador? I know TWO Amazingly cute labradors!

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                  02.07.2009 15:02

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                  A good game that will be enjoyed by kids and families!

                  This was one of the top selling Nintendo DS games, the premise of the game is basically you get to choose a type of dog to adopt and then you raise it. There are many things you can do with your dog, you can take him for walks, feed him, clean him and even enter him in competitions. These actions are all processed by the usage of the stylus which makes for a very intereactive experience. You start off at the dog breeders, you get to choose which breed you want and then it comes up with three dogs and gives you descriptions of their personality. After choosing a dog you are introduced to your virtual home. There are some tutorials which help you learn how to teach the dog tricks, choose a name etc. The game would be ideal for younger kids in particular those that don't or can't have their own dog. It's basically like having a real dog only there is no funny smell, no massive vet bills and no mess on the carpets. For older gamers I wouldn't recommend this game as it's more for younger kids or aimed at people who don't really play video games. As I mentioned earlier it's an interactive experience rather than a video game and therefore many gamers will not be impressed at the actual lack of gameplay. Overall a pretty cool game and pretty fun at the same time. The game is designed really well and the time based system keeps you coming back but don't worry even if you don't feed Rex for a year he won't die!

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                  14.06.2009 10:34
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                  Like dogs but don't own one? This game is for you!

                  I originally purchased this game when it came free with my blue DS a few years ago. Pros: The graphics are brilliant for a hand held console. Lots of adorable puppies to choose from, most of which are very realistic looking. The game is very realistic, and so you have to treat your nintendog as if it were real. They eat, poop, enjoy walks, play with toys and get dirty etc. If you neglect your dog it will run away. It's fun for all the family. Kids, adults, and those in between. Cons: For the first few weeks it was great fun, but sadly the game gets old fast and loses it's charm. Once you've unlocked all the dogs/interior designs, there's nothing much left to do, and it becomes a bit repetitive. But still, it was good while it lasted and so I think it was worth a buy. Getting started: You start off by adopting a puppy of your choice. At first you have a choice between 6 (Shiba Inu, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Miniature Schnauzer, Toy Poodle, Miniture Pinscher, and the Labrador retriever), but you earn more as the game progresses. Tricks: You teach your new puppy tricks by speaking into the microphone. You've just got to try and remember the tone of voice you used otherwise the puppy will probably not recognize your voice the next time you try getting him/her to do the trick. Walks: Taking your puppy for a walk is simple. At first you can only travel a short distance, but the more you take your puppy out, the further you'll be able to travel. While on a walks you're likely to run into either an object or an encounter with another dog owner. If you find an object, it will be added to your objects directory. If you run into another owner, your dogs will be able to interact and get to know each other. Every time you take your dog for a walk, you'll earn trainer points (more on this in a moment). The further you walk, the more points you earn. Competitions: There are 3 types of competitions for you to enter. Agility, obedience and disc competitions. If you win either bronze, silver or gold you'll move onto the next stage of the competition, as well as earning a bit of money (the amount differs depending on what place you finish). If you don't make it, you've got more training to do! The more you participate in competitions, the more trainer points you earn. Trainer Points: Trainer points are how you progress in the game. You can earn them by pretty much doing anything. Each gtime you reach a certain amount, you unlock a different breed of dog. The dog's unlocked are those found on the other game versions (dachshund, chihuahua), so it doesn't matter which version you buy, eventually you'll earn every dog. Money: You win money by entering competitions. You can use it to buy new apartments/houses (however, it takes 24 hours real time for the changes to be updated), or you can buy toys, food and other items for your puppy. I'd rate it 4 starts out of 5. It's fun while it lasts, but after that there's nothing much left to do. I hope this review has given you an insight into the game and how it works.

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                  07.04.2009 22:05
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                  This is a good game but needs alot of patience to play.

                  This is a really good game for kids ages 4-14 as it is like looking after a real pet, (as real as a computer game can possibly be). You are able to interact with 3 dogs at any one time, any more dogs that you own will have to be put into the doggy hotel until you rdecide to go back to them. With the other dgos you need to keep them fed watered and clean. You are able to enter the dogs ino different contests; disc competition, agility and obedience. The disc competition can be entered without any previous practise but you are able to "train" the dogs in the park for prctice. For the agility you need to have visited the gymnasium for practise and the obedience contest needs lots of prior work with one on one time alone with dog (the park when empty is good place for this) The game can become quite frustrating at times as you are only able to to each contest once a day. This is a good game but needs alot of patience to play.

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                  27.03.2009 22:38

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                  Good game, but not worth the money.

                  This game came in a package when I bought my Nintendo DS and although I haven't played on it very much I do quite like it. You get to choose a pet and play with it. You can also train it to sit, roll over and many other tricks that you can teach to a real dog. The game retails at £22.99 which I don't think that I would pay, but other people, perhaps younger than myself, would enjoy this immensly I'm sure. However, it does say 3+ on it which I think is a little young as directions are given on screen as well as in audio, and I feel that pre school children may have trouble reading it. You use the microphone that comes integrated in your Nintendo DS to train the dog to respond to it's name and your voice including all the commands that you teach it. Overall, an average game in my opinion.

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                Put a puppy inside your Nintendo DS! Nintendogs brings puppy love to a whole new level! This truly unique experience will do more than bring you and your Nintendog together. It opens your eyes to a whole new way to play video games!